NASA Offers Space Shuttle Tiles to Schools

Photo of a Space Shuttle Tile and ruler, for scale.As the Space Shuttle Program nears retirement, NASA is looking for ways to preserve the program’s history and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.  NASA is offering 7,000 shuttle heat shield tiles to schools and universities that want to share technology and a piece of space history with their students.

The lightweight tiles protect the shuttles from extreme temperatures when the orbiters re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

Schools can request a tile at

Click on the tile icon to log on to the request page. A login ID and password may be obtained by registering on the link provided. A Department of Education statistics tracking number (NCES for schools or IPEDS for universities) is needed to register. Hyperlinks are available to these sites to find a specific institution’s tracking number. The requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one tile will be given per institution.

Because the tiles are government property, a transfer protocol is observed. Recipients will be responsible for a shipping and handling fee of $23.40, which is payable to the shipping company through a secure website. For more information about artifacts also available to museums and libraries, visit

For information about the space shuttle, visit

2 thoughts on “NASA Offers Space Shuttle Tiles to Schools”

  1. This is Very Cool! Would it be possible if my school, which is in Hong Kong get one of these cool things if we are interested?

  2. I was the Physical Science Technician, employed at the US Bureau of Mines in the late 1970’s, that helped Dr Bing Jong research and develop the material that was used in making the tiles. Sialon was the name of the material. I built an nitrogen atmosphere controlled furnace that reached over 3,000 degrees centigrade, white hot. I crush the material, mixed, press, fired, cut and tested and collected the data.
    I would like to have one of the tiles for a conversation piece, please?

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